Birding Paradise at Ouray National Wildlife Refuge near Vernal, Utah
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Birding Paradise at Ouray National Wildlife Refuge near Vernal, Utah

I stumbled upon Ouray National Wildlife Refuge by accident. I was on my way to Fantasy Canyon, which is about 40 miles south of Vernal, Utah, on a recent road trip back to Denver. I saw the sign and decided to make a quick stop. Ouray National Wildlife Refuge was established by the U.S. Fish … Continue reading

5 Tips for a Perfect Leaf Peeping Road Trip
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5 Tips for a Perfect Leaf Peeping Road Trip

Recently I shared my 5 tips for a perfect leaf peeping road trip with multiple television stations from Denver to San Antonio. The fall foliage is peaking in the Rockies and New England, From Maine to Colorado to Texas, there’s plenty of leaf peeping season left. My favorite fall foliage map to check for partial … Continue reading

Fall in Vail:  3 Things to do While Leaf Peeping
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Fall in Vail: 3 Things to do While Leaf Peeping

A palette of autumnal hues is starting to blanket Vail, Colorado. While the golden aspens are the star, there is an array of colors from tangerine to scarlet to rust. Here’s three of my favorite things to do while leaf peeping in Vail. I did all of these in a day! I love taking an … Continue reading

Hike to Moonshine Arch near Vernal, Utah
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Hike to Moonshine Arch near Vernal, Utah

Moonshine is an interesting name for an arch. I like it. Maybe it’s because moonshine reminds me of rural northwest Georgia where my dad grew up. Moonshine Arch near Vernal, Utah, got on my radar a couple of years ago when I started exploring the area in and around Dinosaur National Monument. The sandstone Moonshine … Continue reading

Four Nights in Aspen, Colorado: Hiking, Ghost Towns and Mining History
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Four Nights in Aspen, Colorado: Hiking, Ghost Towns and Mining History

Driving Independence Pass on a summer or fall road trip from Denver to Aspen is a must.  Summit elevation on the Continental Divide is 12,095 feet making it the highest paved passed in Colorado.  My friend Lisa and I left Denver on our road trip and stopped in Leadville for a late lunch.  We stopped … Continue reading